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Newcastle United 3-0 Cardiff City

By Chris BevanBBC Sport
Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds his relegated side's fans after the final whistle

Cardiff have been relegated from the Premier League after a single season, with defeat at Newcastle sending the Welsh side back to the Championship.

Newcastle, who had lost their previous six games, took the lead through Shola Ameobi's first-half header.

A sizeable number of Magpies fans walked out after 69 minutes in protest at the running of the club.

They missed a brief rally from Cardiff before late goals from Loic Remy and Steven Taylor sealed their fate.

Newcastle's rotten recent form was partly behind the open mutiny from their fans, but the supporters who stayed until the end were able to celebrate what turned out to be a comfortable victory.

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Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 2-1 at St James' Park in his first game in charge of the Bluebirds - an FA Cup tie in January - but his side never seriously looked capable of staging a repeat.

Solskjaer has picked up just 12 points in his 17 league matches in charge and his side's deficiencies at both ends of the pitch were clear to see.

Fraizer Campbell missed a good early chance to put the visitors ahead, scuffing his shot wide after Tim Krul made a hash of Fabio's cross.

But Newcastle were already looking far more dangerous, with Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy facing little resistance as they staged repeated raids down the right.

Remy saw one effort blocked from a Sissoko cross, before Debuchy advanced from right-back and flashed in a shot that David Marshall pushed away.

From the resulting corner, Debuchy saw Marshall claw his header onto the bar but there was no stopping Ameobi's far-post header after more good work by Sissoko.

The French midfielder made his side's first goal with a precise cross and twice almost extended their lead, seeing first a shot and then a cross deflected against the woodwork.

Cardiff's best hope of a reply seemed to lie with Wilfried Zaha but the on-loan Manchester United forward was denied by Krul's outstretched leg after a mazy run and faded after the break.

In truth, there was little fight from Zaha's team-mates either and Cardiff looked like dropping out of the top-flight with a whimper until Kenwyne Jones came off the bench with 17 minutes to go.

By then, with their relegation rivals Sunderland leading Manchester United at Old Trafford, the Bluebirds needed a win to keep their survival hopes alive until the final day.

Jones had an immediate impact, forcing a point-blank stop from Krul, but Cardiff's frustration continued when Fabricio Coloccini somehow cleared Aron Gunnarsson's shot off the line with his keeper beaten.

Newcastle fans protesting over the running of the club

Many home fans had already departed by then, after another public display of displeasure against club owner, Mike Ashley, and manager Alan Pardew.

Ashley was not present but Pardew, back in the home dug-out for the first time since 1 March after a ban, was given something to smile about before the end.

Remy was left alone to slot home from six yards with three minutes left and Taylor completed the scoring from even closer after Remy's header was saved.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on the Magpies fans' protests:

"It is understandable. We had gone so long without winning and they are very frustrated. They want to see us challenging at the top of the league.

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"That is difficult with the finances that we have, but we have got the chance in the summer to hopefully to bring in some quality players and try to get into the top five or six.

"We are all frustrated. But I have to take my hat off to the players because the environment was very, very tough for them and they showed tremendous character. It was that depth of character that we needed."

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Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 1Krul
  • 26DebuchyBooked at 68mins
  • 36DummettSubstituted forHaidaraat 45'minutes
  • 24Tioté
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Coloccini
  • 7Sissoko
  • 8AnitaSubstituted forTaylorat 79'minutes
  • 23Ameobi
  • 14Remy
  • 11GouffranSubstituted forGoslingat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 15Gosling
  • 18de Jong
  • 19Haidara
  • 21Elliot
  • 27Taylor
  • 43Armstrong

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 35da SilvaSubstituted forWolff Eikremat 86'minutes
  • 42John
  • 18Mutch
  • 4Caulker
  • 6Turner
  • 36Zaha
  • 7Whittingham
  • 10CampbellSubstituted forJonesat 73'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 13KimSubstituted forBellamyat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Jones
  • 15Wolff Eikrem
  • 19Cowie
  • 25McNaughton
  • 32Lewis
  • 34Berget
  • 39Bellamy
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
50,239

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home22
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by David Marshall.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Fabricio Coloccini.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Steven Taylor.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0. Steven Taylor (Newcastle United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Loïc Remy following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Gosling with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ben Turner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Newcastle United 2, Cardiff City 0. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

  13. Post update

    Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Magnus Wolff Eikrem replaces Fabio.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Craig Bellamy is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Steven Taylor replaces Vurnon Anita.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City36255696375980
2Liverpool36255696465080
3Chelsea36246669264378
4Arsenal36227765412473
5Everton37209859392069
6Tottenham37206115251166
7Man Utd361861260411960
8Southampton371510125345855
9Newcastle37154184257-1549
10Stoke371211144351-847
11Crystal Palace36134192843-1543
12West Ham37117194049-940
13Swansea37109185153-239
14Aston Villa36108183954-1538
15Hull36107193748-1137
16West Brom35715134254-1236
17Sunderland3698193857-1935
18Norwich3688202860-3232
19Fulham3794243883-4531
20Cardiff3779213172-4130
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